On the heels of James Paxton‘s latest disabled list assignment, the Mariners added some left-handed depth to their farm system with 31-year-old lefty Andrew Albers, whom they reportedly acquired from the Braves for cash considerations on Friday (via David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution). Albers signed a minor league contract with Atlanta over the offseason but had yet to crack the major leagues this season. The teams have not officially confirmed the deal.
The veteran southpaw went 12-3 in 26 appearances with Triple-A Gwinnett in 2017, logging a respectable 2.61 ERA, 1.4 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 over 120 2/3 innings. While he has extensive minor league experience, he’s seen limited time in the majors after playing through several short gigs with the Twins and Blue Jays from 2014-2016.
Still, the Mariners are hurting for healthy left-handed pitchers, and Albers appears to fit that particular bill. He’ll report to Triple-A Tacoma and could see some time in Seattle if Paxton’s DL stint stretches longer than expected — or, baseball gods forbid, another Mariners’ starter gets derailed due to injury.